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Apr
19

Workers demand: “Premier Ford, do your job so we don’t die doing ours”

TORONTO – In response to the Ford government’s disastrous pandemic response and in advance of the Day of Mourning for injured and killed workers on April 28, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) demands Premier Ford commit to long overdue health and safety recommendations that could have prevented countless deaths. As COVID-19 infections skyrocket in…

Apr
16

OFL gravely concerned that new COVID-19 restrictions fall short on protections for workers

TORONTO – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is gravely concerned that new COVID-19 restrictions do not include additional protections to keep workers safe. Workers, public health officials, and medical experts have repeatedly urged Ford’s Conservative government to implement policies like paid sick days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite case numbers in the…

Apr
15

Ontario Federation of Labour and Democracy Watch call on Attorney General to disclose constitutional evaluation of Bill 254

TORONTO – As MPPs vote on the third reading of Bill 254 today, the Ontario Federation of Labour and Democracy Watch are calling on Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey to release the government lawyer’s evaluation about whether the Ford government’s Bill 254 violates constitutional Charter rights. “Ford’s Conservative government has made numerous attempts at unconstitutional…

Apr
12

Ontario Federation of Labour urges Ford’s Conservative government to act now to fix Laurentian University crisis

Toronto – As insolvency proceedings at Laurentian University continue, Ontario’s labour movement urges Premier Ford and Minister Ross Romano to step up and fix the crisis exacerbated by this government’s funding failures. “Today’s news that Laurentian University is laying off over 80 faculty members, numerous staff, and cutting over 60 programs is devastating,” said Patty…

Apr
12

Ford Tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on April 12, 2021Click here to download the Ford Tracker.Cliquez ici pour télécharger le Ford Tracker “Gardons Forda l’oeil”, le 25 juillet 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): March 2021 Threatened $1.6 billion in cuts to an already starved education system, including even more lay-offs   Concealed a proposal to change provincial law…

Mar
15

OFL mourns former colleague & dedicated labour activist Catherine Macleod

Ontario’s labour movement is saddened to learn of the passing of our former colleague and dedicated labour activist, Catherine Macleod. Catherine was a founding member of the Women’s Press and the Mayworks Festival of Arts and Labour. In the 1980s and early 1990s she served with the OFL as acting Human Rights Director and then…

Mar
11

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL JOB POSTING – ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

DEADLINE TO APPLY – March 18, 2021 4:00 p.m. EST The Ontario Federation of Labour is an equal opportunity employer.  As such, it encourages those who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply.  First Nations, Metis, Inuit persons, persons of colour, persons with a disability, and persons who are 2SLGTBQI+ are encouraged…

Mar
9

Solidarity with faculty, students and staff at Laurentian University

Ontario’s labour movement is united in solidarity with faculty, staff and students at Laurentian University. On February 1, Laurentian University sought creditor protection under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) due to financial challenges. This concerning move comes after years of eroding public funding for colleges and universities in Ontario paired with poorly considered and…

Feb
25

OFL: 7-Eleven application to sell and serve alcohol on-site must be rejected

The Ontario Federation of Labour urges the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to reject 7-Eleven’s proposal to allow customers to buy wine and beer for on-site consumption at 61 of its Ontario convenience stores – many of which are attached to gas stations. “7-Eleven’s proposal could increase risky behaviours like drinking and driving…

Feb
25

We can’t afford to wait. It’s time for paid sick leave for every worker in Canada.

Joint Statement by Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Federations of Labour In advance of the federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers’ meeting, provincial and territorial federations of labour are united in demanding that provincial and territorial governments guarantee seamless access to universal, permanent and adequate employer-paid sick days for all workers. More than half of all…

Feb
24

Letter to Minister McNaughton: Act on Health and Safety Expert Panel Training Recommendations Now

SENT VIA EMAIL: minister.MLTSD@ontario.ca Hon. Monte McNaughtonMinister of Labour, Training and Skills Development14th Floor400 University AvenueToronto, ON M7A 1T7 Dear Minister McNaughton, Act on Health and Safety Expert Panel Training Recommendations Now December 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of the 46 health and safety recommendations developed by the Expert Panel following a workplace tragedy in…

Feb
5

2020 OFL/AIL Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Fleming and Farah Abid, winners of the 2020 OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to OFL members, or the children of members, in honour of distinguished trade union activists who have made a significant contribution to the life and growth of the labour movement in Ontario. We hope this scholarship…

Jan
26

African Liberation and Black History Month

African Liberation and Black History Month 2021 Events: February 3: Black History in Canada February 5: Family and Paint – Black History Month February 9: Celebrating Black History Month 2021 February 17: Black History in Canada: A Look Back at 400 Years of Black Presence February 17: Defund the Police: What the Heck Does that…

Jan
12

OFL shocked that new stay-at-home orders fail to include guaranteed paid sick days

(Toronto) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is shocked that new COVID-19 emergency measures announced today fail to include critical workers’ protections including guaranteed paid sick days. This morning, Ontario health officials presented a harrowing picture of the COVID-19 trajectory which includes shrinking hospital spaces, and worsening long-term care conditions as case counts rise…

Jan
8

OFL calls on Ford to resume Ontario legislature immediately to address record-high COVID-19 cases and deaths

(Toronto) – The Ontario Federation of Labour demands that MPPs return to the legislature immediately. While Ontario continues to break single-day records for COVID-19 cases and deaths, the legislature’s recess has paused work on urgent issues including implementing paid sick days, addressing the long-term care crisis, establishing a plan for safer classrooms, and developing a…

Dec
11

Ontario university and college faculty, staff, and students give Ford government failing grade on plans for post-secondary education

The Ford government recently announced its plans to steamroll ahead with a reckless “performance” based funding plan. Post-secondary faculty, academic librarians, staff, and students are opposed to this flawed funding experiment and give the government a failing grade for its approach. The government, which already provides the lowest post-secondary per-student funding in Canada, has now…